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1915 Presidential Proclamation

This proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson established the original 80-acre national monument to protect the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry.

October 4, 1915. PROCLAMATIONS, 1915.
By THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
Dinosaur National Monument, Utah.
Preamble
Whereas, in section twenty-six, township four south, range twenty-
three east of the. Salt Lake meridian, Utah, there is located an extraordinary
deposit of Dinosaurian and other gigantic reptilian
remains of the Juratrias period, which are of great scientific interest
and value, and it appears that the public interest would be promoted
by reserving these deposits as a National Monument, together with as
much land as may be needed for the protection thereof.
National Monument,
Utah.
Vol. 34, p. 225.
Now therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson President of the United
States of America, by virtue of the power in me vested by Section
two of the act of Congress entitled, “An Act for the Preservation of
American Antiquities”, approved June 8, 1906, do hereby set aside
Description. as the Dinosaur National Monument, the unsurveyed northwest
quarter of the southeast quarter and the northeast quarter of the
southwest quarter of section twenty-six, township four south, range
twenty-three east, Salt Lake meridian, Utah, as shown upon the
diagram hereto attached and made a part of this proclamation.
Reserved from settlement, etc. While it appears that the lands embraced within this proposed reserve have heretofore been withdrawn as coal and phosphate lands,
the creation of this monument will prevent the use of the lands for
the purposes for which said withdrawals were made. Warning is
hereby expressly given to all unauthorized persons not to appropriate,
excavate, injure or destroy any of the fossil remains contained within
the deposits hereby reserved and declared to be a National Monument
or to locate or settle upon any of the lands reserved and made
a part of this monument by this proclamation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and
caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this fourth day of October, in
the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and
fifteen and the Independence of the United States the
one hundred and fortieth.
WOODROW WILSON.
By the President:
ROBERT LANSING
Secretary of State.
 

1938 Presidential Proclamation

This proclamation by President Franklin D Roosevelt expanded the monument boundaries by adding portions of the Green and Yampa rivers.

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
[No. 2290-July 14, 1938-53 Stat. 2454]
WHEREAS certain public lands contiguous to the Dinosaur National Monument,
established by Proclamation of,October 4, 1915, have situated thereon
various objects of historic and scientific interest; and

WHEREAS it appears that it would be in the public interest to reserve
such lands as an addition to the said Dinosaur National Monument:

Now, THEREFORE, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United
States of America, under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by sec.
2 of the act of June 8, 1906, ch. 3060, 34 Stat. 225 (U. S. C., title 16,
sec. 431), do proclaim that, subject to all valid existing rights, the following described
lands in Colorado and Utah are hereby reserved from all forms of
appropriation under the public-land laws and added to and made a part of
the Dinosaur National Monument:
COLORADO
SIXTH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN
T. 6 N., R. 99 W., sec. 5, W½,
secs. 6 and 7,
sec. 8, W½,
sec. 17, W½,
secs. 18 and 19,
sec. 20, W½,
sec. 29, W½,
secs. 30 and 31,
sec. 32, W½; (partly unsurveyed)
T. 6 N., R. 100 W., sees. 1 to 30 and 33 to 36, inclusive;
T. 6 N., R. 101 W., sees. 1 to 30, inclusive; (partly unsurveyed) T. 7 N., R. 101 W., sees. 25 to36, inclusive; (partly unsurveyed) T. 6 N., R. 102 W., sees. 1 to 30, inclusive; (partly unsurveyed) T. 7 N., R. 102 W., sees. 5 to 8, 17 to 20, and 25 to 36, inclusive;
(partly unsurveyed)
T. 8 N., R. 102 W., sees. 5 to 8, 17 to 20, and 27 to 34, inclusive;
(partly unsurveyed)
T. 9 N., R. 102 W., sees. 16 to 21, and 28 to 33, inclusive; (partly
(unsurveyed)
T. 6 N., R. 103 W., secs. 1 to 14, inclusive;
secs. 23 and 24 ;
T. 7 N., R. 103 W., all; (partly unsurveyed)
T. 8 N., R. 103 W., sec. 1.
sec. 2, E½,
sec. 11, E½,
secs. 12 to 15, 22 to 28, and 32 to 36, inclusive;
(partly unsurveyed)
T. 9 N., R. 103 W., secs.13, 24, 25 and 36;
T. 6 N., R. 104 W., secs. 1, 2, 11 and 12; (partly unsurveyed)
T. 7 N., R. 104 W., all;
UTAH
SALT LAKE MERIDIAN
T. 4 S., R. 23 E., secs. 9 to 16 and 21 to 25, inclusive;
sec. 26, N½, E½ SE¼, SW¼ SE¼ W½ SW¼,
SE¼ SW¼.
secs. 27, 28, and those parts of secs. 34 and 35 north
of Green River; (partly unsurveyed)
T. 3 S., R. 24 E., sees. 25, 26, 35 and 36;
T. 4 S., R. 24 E., sees. 1 to 3, and 7 to 30; inclusive, (partly unsurveyed) T.3 S., R. 25 E., sec. 11, E½,
secs. 12 and 13,
sec. 14, E½,
secs. 20 to 36; inclusive, (partly unsurveyed)
T. 4 S., R. 25 E., sees. 1 to 12, inclusive, (partly unsurveyed)
aggregating 203,885 acres.
Warning is hereby expressly given to any unauthorized persons not to
appropriate, injure, destroy or remove any feature of this monument and
not to locate or settle upon any of the lands thereof.
The reservation made by this proclamation supersedes as to any of the
above-described lands. affected thereby, the temporary withdrawal for
classification and for other purposes made by Executive Order No. 5684
of August 12, 1931, and the Executive order of April 17, 1926, and the
Executive order of September 8, 1933, creating Water Reserves No. 107
and No. 152.

The Director of the National Park Service, under the direction of the
Secretary of the Interior, shall have the supervision, management, and
control of this monument as provided in the act of Congress entitled "An
act to establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes," approved
August 25, 1916, 39 Stat. 535 (U. S. c., title 16, sees. 1 and 2) and acts
supplementary thereto or amendatory thereof, except that this reservation
shall not affect the operation of the Federal Water Power Act of June 10,
1920 (41 Stat. 1063), as amended, and the administration of the monument
shall be subject to the Reclamation Withdrawal1 of October 17, 1904, for
the Brown's Park Reservoir Site in connection with the Green River
project.
N WITNESSWHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this 14th day of July, in the year of
our Lord nineteen hundred and thirty-eight, and of the Inde-
pendence of the United States of America the one hundred and
sixty-third.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.

By the President: CORDELL HULL,
The Secretary of State.
 

Compendium of Regulations

The Compendium of Regulations details monument-specific designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions.

Last updated: December 21, 2017

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